Officials with Montgomery County Public Schools are facing backlash from parents, students and some teachers after a decision was made to open schools on time despite a frigid cold front setting all-time record low temperatures across the region.
Record low temperatures were set at BWI and Dulles airports Tuesday morning as a Polar Vortex descended on the mid-Atlantic.
The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South on Monday, closing schools and day care centers, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite.
The brutal polar air that has made the Washington region shiver over the past few days is on its way out, but sub-freezing temperatures remain.
Northern Virginia is making preparations for the Arctic air on its way to the region.
Much of the country grappled Monday with a historic freeze that shuttered schools and businesses at the start of the first full work week of 2014. Flights, trains and bus transportation were disrupted, thousands were left without power and even parts of the country used to fending off hypothermia and frostbite had to take extra precautions as temperatures and wind chills approached record levels.
Here’s a look at some of the problems that arise when temperatures plummet and how to stay safe if you venture outdoors.
A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” is descending on the Washington region, bringing with it a dangerous cold that the nation’s capital hasn’t seen in decades.